Group sessions

Groups are led by a trained counsellor and offer you the opportunity to discuss and share your experience of an issue and get help and support from others who have experienced similar things.

Working in groups offers an opportunity to discover things about ourselves and others. Exploring issues together can give us valuable insights into our ways of thinking and being. We offer drop-in and bookable sessions. 

Can I attend a group session?

  • Any student who is registered at the University is eligible to attend a group.
  • You need to register with the Counselling Service. You must do this before you sign up for a bookable session, but you can register on the day for drop-in sessions.

Drop-in group sessions, Spring 2018

  • You do not need to book to attend a drop-in group,  just bring your student card to register.
  • You can attend a drop-in group in addition to receiving other support from the Counselling Service.
  • You can attend as many drop-in sessions as you like provided there is space.
  • Arrive on time. If you are more than five minutes late you will not be allowed in.
  • Groups flyer Spring 2018 (PDF, 169kB)

Mindfulness practice group (drop-in)

Mondays, 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm
8 weeks, starts 22 January, ends 12 March 2018
Room S.58, 2nd Floor, Hampton House

In this group you will have an opportunity to sample a variety of mindfulness skills and meditation practices. Mindfulness exercises can help centre the mind, manage stress and restore balance to our lives.

This group is open to all students, newcomers and those who would like an opportunity to consolidate their mindfulness practice in a group setting.

Mindful yoga for stress (drop-in)

Tuesdays, 6:20 pm to 7:20 pm
10 weeks, starts 16 January, ends 20 March 2018
Room S.58, 2nd Floor, Hampton House

This group will introduce you to gentle movement and relaxation practices, so you can understand and manage stress better.

No experience is necessary and everybody is welcome whatever your level of fitness or physical capacity.

Get to grips with your study strategy: overcoming emotional and mental blocks (drop-in)

Wednesdays, 12:20 pm to 1:20 pm
Starts 24 January, ends 14 March 2018
Room 1, 3rd Floor, Hampton House

These practical motivational sessions will look at strategies for overcoming various psychological blocks to study.

Tailored to what individual students bring, the focus could be on motivation, procrastination, concentration, or any other areas where help is needed.

What to do if a drop-in session is full

Bookable group sessions, Spring 2018

Walk and talk group (bookable)

Fridays, 10:15 am to 11:30 am
10 weeks, starts 19 January, ends 23 March 2018
Walk starts and ends at Retreat Café, BS9 1FG

Are you feeling stressed by the demands of university life, having trouble concentrating, or perhaps feeling low or a bit isolated?

We invite you to join us for a guided walk on the Downs and feel the instant benefit of spending a little time outdoors.

Students have found this group both enjoyable and effective in boosting energy and motivation.

This group is co-run by Timothy Dowling (local nature observer and experienced walk leader), and staff from the Student Counselling Service, (and accompanied by Tim’s dog Meg!).

Do come dressed for the weather, and we suggest trainers or walking boots are a good idea. All students welcome!

It’s fine to start coming at any point in the term, but you need to register to book. Alternatively you can book by calling +44 (0)117 954 6655 or emailing

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Self-esteem support group (bookable)

Group 1: Mondays, 1 pm to 2 pm
6 weeks, starts 5 February, ends 12 March 2018

Group 2: Wednesdays, 12 pm to 1 pm
6 weeks, starts 31 January, ends 14 March 2018 (except 14 February)

This group provides a safe, confidential space to explore our relationship to ourselves and how we might make changes in our lives.

This can help us to grow in confidence, self-belief and self-worth, enabling us to feel more content, and fulfilled.

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Understanding ourselves (bookable)

Group 1: Thursdays, 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm
6 weeks, starts 8 February, ends 15 March 2018

Group 2: Wednesdays, 2:15 pm to 3:15 pm
6 weeks, starts 7 February, ends 14 March 2018

This small group offers a shared counselling space to talk with others about life and concerns, and to learn from one another.

Common themes include stress, depression, anxiety, academia, family, and relationships. A maximum of eight students can join.

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Mindfulness group (bookable)

Group 1: Tuesdays, 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm
6 weeks, starts 6 February, ends 13 March 2018

Group 2: Thursdays, 4 pm to 5 pm

6 weeks, starts 1 February, ends 15 March 2018 (except 15 February)

Mindfulness offers the possibility of a more compassionate, appreciative and spacious way of life.

Come and learn through a structured 6 week group, how different meditation practices and gentle dialogue can help you to break habitual patterns and respond well to academic and personal challenges.

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Managing anxiety with CBT (bookable)

Wednesdays, 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm
6 weeks, starts 7 February, ends 14 March 2018

This group is currently fully booked. You may wish to sign up to another group or take a look at our self-help pages for support.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you to address problems by changing the way you think and behave.

This group will introduce the role of relaxation, tackling worry, problem solving and thought challenging in managing and decreasing the symptoms of anxiety.

Managing depression with CBT (bookable)

Wednesdays, 12:45 pm to 2 pm
6 weeks, starts 7 February, ends 14 March 2018

This group is currently fully booked. You may wish to sign up to another group or submit a form for the group to be added to the waiting list

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you address your problems by changing the way you think and behave.

This group will support you in improving your mood by tackling negative thoughts and re-connecting with activities that give you enjoyment or a sense of achievement.

Mindfulness writing group (bookable)

Wednesdays, 3:45 pm to 5 pm
7 weeks, starts 31 January, ends 14 March 2018

This group experience offers guided mindfulness exercises within a creative and spontaneous writing adventure. It may become a refuge for those experiencing anxiety, writing blocks and stress.

We hope to experience shared movement towards freedom, letting go and abilities to breathe through the moment.

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Tell us what you think

We are always keen to receive feedback so that we can improve the Student Counselling Service.

Everyone I've come into contact with has been friendly, helpful and non-judgemental and this group especially has really helped me.

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